Connie Rice discusses her new book, Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman’s Battle for Social Justice in America from the Kill Zones to the Courtroom

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Geoffrey Cowan Forum, Room 207, USC Annenberg

One of America’s most influential civil rights attorneys, Connie Rice has taken on school and bus systems, Death Row, the states of Mississippi and California, and the Los Angeles Police Department—and won. Not just in court, where she litigated major civil rights cases, but also on the streets and in prisons, where she spearheaded campaigns to reduce gang violence. Los Angeles magazine concluded that Connie’s work “has picked up where Clarence Darrow left off.”

In her extraordinary memoir, Rice chronicles her odyssey, the people who inspired her, and the teams she forged with allies and former foes. After joining the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s West Coast office in 1990, Rice left the courtroom and took to the streets of the “kill zones” in the wake of the cataclysmic LAPD beating of Rodney King in 1991. What she learned from the invisible poor of underground Los Angeles would change her mission forever.

Provocative and passionate, studded with dramatic episodes from the trenches of impact litigation and America’s most dangerous neighborhoods, Power Concedes Nothing is the story of an indomitable woman who knows that, without a demand, power concedes nothing.

This event is organized by the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE). For more information call 213.740.3643 or email pere@dornsife.usc.edu.



  • Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
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  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1291